Art Club exhibition throws spotlight on wealth of talent

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HAWICK Art Club’s annual exhibition is once again showcasing a wealth of talent and has something to appeal to everyone.

The event opened on Sunday at the museum, and in her speech, president Elizabeth Jackson said that the club tries to promote art in Hawick and the Borders, including encouraging young talent through the organising of a competition each year which is open to S1 and S2 pupils at the high school. The winning entries have been framed by the club and are on show in the exhibition.

Mrs Jackson also revealed the winner of the club’s bursary for the best fine art student at Borders College as Sheona Moffat from Lauder.

The president then introduced Janice Chapman, head teacher at Burnfoot Community School and chairman of Vision 2014, who opened the exhibition.

This year’s show includes a wide variety of subject matter and styles, and one is immediately impressed by a larger-than-life portrait entitled ‘Tom Elliott-Walker’ by young artist Emma Elliott-Walker, who shows a maturity beyond her years.

Landscapes are well-represented and Rose Hughes has moved away from flower paintings in this exhibition with ‘Eildon I’ and ‘Eildon II’, which with their subtle blues, greens and heathery pinks capture the essence of these Border hills.

Townscapes are also popular this year, with a number of scenes of Hawick in bygone days. Robert Craig’s acrylic ‘The Auld Town Hall and Policeman’s Brae’ is reminiscent of works by WSA Ingles in Hawick Museum’s collection.

Among the ever-popular animal paintings, cat lovers will be enchanted by Janet Camus’ painting ‘Samson’s Return’, showing a cat upsetting a teacup. Flower paintings which catch the eye include Jacqueline Bigwood’s ‘Anemone 1’ and ‘Anemone 2’ and M. Helen Tyler’s beautiful renderings of ‘Calla Lilies’ and ‘Garden Flowers’.

The exhibition runs until August 4 (Monday-Friday 10am-noon and 1-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 2-5 pm).

Full report and more photographs in the paper.